The Dutch Merchant.
London, Printed for Rob.t Sayer No.53 in Fleet Steet [c.1780]
Mezzotint with very large margins, platemark 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Old ms in upper right margin. Creases at corners. Time stained.
Engraving in reverse of Gerrit Dou's 'Herring Seller and Boy', c.1670-5 (New York, Leiden Collection). Dou (1613-75) was the most famous of the Leiden 'fine' painters (Leidse Fijnschilders), specialising in small, meticulously observed paintings. In particular he popularised the 'niche' format, incoporating window- and doorframes as framing devices in many of his works, as here.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36206] £330.00